Earlier in the week ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that the Detroit Lions were fielding offers for tight end Eric Ebron during the NFL Combine last week. Though the Lions have yet to come to any agreements with a trade partner, it looks like the interest in moving him is legitimate.
According to ESPN’s Dianna Russini, the team met with Eric Ebron to discuss his future on Thursday.
The Detroit Lions met with tight end Eric Ebron yesterday to discuss his future. Team officials are open to dealing him, let him know, and didn't supply any guarantees he will stay in Detroit per sources— Dianna Russini (@diannaESPN) March 9, 2018
This by no means guarantees that Ebron is on the move. However, as Dianna points out, the Lions let Ebron know that they may be trading him, and that he’s not guaranteed to stay in Detroit for 2018. That’s not exactly something a team would tell a player they intend on keeping around.
Ebron has spent four years with the Lions, and Detroit showed some apparent faith in him by deciding to exercise his fifth-year option last offseason. However, Ebron’s slow start to the 2017 season had him on the trading block at the deadline. Ebron wasn’t moved and rebounded quite nicely in the final two months of the season—hauling in 40 catches for 472 yards after the bye week.
However, it appears that may not have been enough to convince the Lions he’s worth the $8.25 million price tag that comes with his fifth-year option in 2018. Stay tuned to see if Detroit moves him soon.